Moscato Spice Charoset

Moscato Spice Charoset
Staff Writer
Elana Horwich

Chilled moscato is one of my favorite dessert wines, and savoring it with fruit and nuts in this charoset recipe will transport your seder to the rolling vineyards of Piemonte where moscato grapes are grown (or to the wine-growing regions of Israel or California, where several kosher moscatos are made).

8
Servings
146
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*There are plenty of kosher Moscato wines available, click here for a full list. 

Ingredients

  • Granny Smith apples
  • pear
  • 1 1/2  Cup  shelled walnuts
  • dried figs
  • pitted dates
  • 1  Tablespoon  cinnamon
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • bottle good moscato wine*

Directions

Cut the apples and pears into equal size large chunks. Pulse in food processor until finely chopped, careful not to overdo it so that they don’t become mushy. Put in a large bowl. (If you don’t have a food processor, this recipe can be a reminder of the times when we were slaves in Egypt. But the good news is, hand-chopped food tasted better.)

Pulse the figs until they are finely chopped and add them to the fruit, then pulse the walnuts and add to the bowl as well. Add the zest to the bowl with the fruit, and the juice to the food processor with the dates, cinnamon, and cup of moscato. Pulse until finely pureed. Add to the fruit and nut mixture and stir. Add another cup of wine to the mixture and stir again, then add the mixture to a saucepan over medium heat and gently bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Put the charoset into a serving bowl and let cool; refrigerate until ready to use. Before serving, add another "glug" of moscato wine to freshen it up. 

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
12g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
29g
22%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
121mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
90µg
23%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
119mg
17%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
194mg
13%
Water
3g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Spice Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Spice Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.